Arkansas sweeps Mountaineers in baseball
by Staff Reports
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- There's an old saying in baseball that a walk is as good as a hit.
Appalachian State found that out the hard way in its 8-3 loss to No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas (3-0) took advantage of all three of its hits. Tyler Spoon rapped an RBI double in the first and Joe Serrano had a RBI double in the seventh. Brian Anderson also had an RBI single in the seventh.
Arkansas also scored two runs in the second inning and three in the eighth without a hit.
Appalachian State (0-3) led 2-1 thanks to a leadoff homer by Michael Pierson and a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by William Head. After Arkansas regained a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning, App State's Dillon Dobson drew the Mountaineers even in the top of the third when he led off with a mammoth homer that cleared the bullpen beyond the right-field wall.
Neither team had a hit over the next three frames before Arkansas snapped the deadlock with its back-to-back run-scoring hits in the seventh.
The Mountaineers then issued two more walks, hit two batters and had a costly error in the eighth to allow the Razorbacks to put the game out of reach.
Six of Appalachian State's seven pitchers had at least one walk and/or hit batter but only two surrendered hits in the frustrating defeat. Freshman Payton Smith suffered the loss despite not allowing a hit or walk during his one inning of work, He started the seventh by hitting the batter that eventually came across as the winning run.
In addition to Pierson's and Dobson's solo homers, Brian Bauk, Ozzy Gonzalez and Bradley Morton each had singles to round out the Mountaineers' five hits.
Appalachian State looks to rebound from the disappointing opening weekend on Tuesday when it travels to Tennessee. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.